• Says that they 'take themselves too seriously'
• Refers back to an angry exchange with Kevin Na
STEVE WILLIAMS | KEVIN NA
Tiger Woods’ former caddie, Steve Williams, has criticised golfers on Tour by saying they ‘take themselves too seriously’.
The comment was made in response to a profile Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck did with Kevin Na, in which the American recalled a story where he was locked in a feisty on-course dispute with 52-year-old Williams which a PGA Tour official had to break up.
At the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship, the Kiwi, who was on the bag for Adam Scott, lashed out at Na – considered one of the slowest players on Tour – saying: “Do you ever watch a bad movie again and again? That’s what you are, Kevin, a bad movie. I never want to see you play again.”
"They need to stop taking themselves so seriously" - Steve Williams
In a recent interview with the New Zealand Herald, Williams confirmed the heated argument with Na and went further, adding: “It's a serious business but they need to stop taking themselves so seriously,” while he stressed that Na’s slow play had disturbed the rhythm of the other players.
He also added that players of old were less sensitive and enjoyed verbal exchanges between themselves and banter with the galleries and reckoned golfers of today could ‘learn a lesson from the past’.
It’s the second time in recent months that Williams has caused a stir with his comments, after recently released autobiography, titled ‘Out of the Rough’, said that he was ‘treated like a slave’ by former employer Tiger Woods.
Williams will work with Scott in up to ten events this year, including the four majors, with Scott telling the Sydney Morning Herald: “My hope is that Steve will caddie as many weeks as possible...but certainly it's not going to be a full-time gig. He's the first to say that, and that's fine.”
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